Skip to main content.

Studio Art BA General Studio Concentration / Arts Management MA - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 10.02 , CIP: 50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General)

Department of Art

202 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6010

Arts Management Program

240A Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260

Academic Opportunities

Visiting Artists Lectures, Workshops, and Speaker Series: The Department of Art regularly invites artists, critics, historians and designers to participate in the Department of Art Speaker Series, classroom lectures, and critiques.

Exhibition Opportunities: The Center for the Arts and area galleries gives students frequent opportunities to exhibit work throughout their undergraduate careers.

Buffalo Metro Area: Buffalo’s diverse grass-roots and alternative spaces dedicated to new and experimental genres complement institutions such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Toronto, a ninety-minute drive from Buffalo, has hundreds of alternative spaces and commercial art galleries including the Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Experiential Learning


Semester-long internships are available with prominent design and art studios in New York City and elsewhere; arranged through the Department of Art. Advanced students in all BA or BFA concentrations may also enroll locally in an internship course. Placement is made in conjunction with faculty and includes design firms, commercial photographers, established art institutions, or alternative art spaces. Internships are frequently available to Art History majors and minors at such local museums and galleries as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anderson Art Gallery, Big Orbit, Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA), the UB Art Galleries, and Hallwalls. While internships may not be used to fulfill distribution requirements, they may be taken for credit.

Independent Study

With the approval of a faculty sponsor, students may sign up for a 3-credit independent study to pursue an issue or topic emerging from their coursework in art and art history. An independent study may not substitute required courses.

Graduate Study

In the MA portion of this degree track, students lead projects at arts and cultural institutions in two experiential learning courses. In addition, the Program has established relationships with a number of arts and cultural institutions in Buffalo and on campus that provide paid internships and jobs for students while undertaking their course of study.

Study Abroad

The Department of Art encourages majors to consider a junior year study abroad program. Such programs afford unique opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures. The UB Department of Art’s Rumsey Scholarship provides funding for summer travel to one or two art & art history sophomores and juniors in this annual competition based on an exhibition of their work and a written travel proposal.

The Arts Management Program offers a 10-day study program each summer. The program is built on active experiences and the relevant critical theory needed in order to develop students into effective arts managers in today's global business landscape. That includes, most importantly, exposure to and first-hand experience with arts management models of art funding, subventions, legislations, policies, and practices. Students interact with artists, scholars, policy makers, and arts managers in intimate seminars and ultimately present project work at the conclusion of the study program.

Extracurricular Activities

The Student Visual Art Organization provides leadership opportunities to all interested university students and actively organizing special exhibits and events, open figure drawing sessions, and trips to museums and galleries. The Director of SVAO is Jeffery Sherven.

See the UB Student Association webpage.

Honors and Awards

Millonzi Distinguished Honors ScholarshipOutstanding Senior Award

Departmental Honors

    •    Evelyn Lord Rumsey Scholarship
    •    Sally Hoskins Potenza Memorial Scholarship
    •    Frances R. and Louis B. Morrison Memorial Scholarship
    •    Julius Bloom Memorial Scholarship
    •    Kerry Grant Memorial Prize
    •    Philip C. and Virginia Cuthbert Elliott Painting Scholarship
    •    Dennis Domkowski Memorial Scholarship
    •    Eugene L. Gaier Award for Excellence in Printmaking
    •    Carl E. and Virginia W. Sentz Memorial Award
    •    Alan E. Cober Memorial Scholarship
    •    William E. Townsend Photography Scholarship
    •    Printmaking Scholarship Fund
    •    Art Department Sculpture Award
    •    Randorf Scholarship for Art History
Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:58:11